Dedicated to the Divine Infancy
Nothing can bring peace to this dark and sin-stricken world but Faith… it is the remedy for all ills. Men try every other remedy but they leave out God and His Faith and the result is that the world remains in chaos. The Light has risen, but men shut their eyes and prefer the darkness, because their deeds are evil.
The Way of Peace is made by the Prince of Peace, it is the Highway to the Heaven of Peace. Am I on it? Yes, for I am one of “the household of Faith” and can never thank Him sufficiently for having directed my feet into the City of Peace. But this is not all. Many people, even those of “the household of Faith” have very real peace in their lives, yet they spend their time in complaints, regrets, criticisms, anxieties. Is this what the King of Peace intends? Oh, no! He is ever there waiting to direct their feet towards the “green pastures” and the “still waters,” but the Way of Peace is the way of Faith, of Trust and Confidence.
Until I can really trust Him, the peaceful pastures can never be mine, I can never lie down in them and rest. I am His sheep, but I do not wholly trust my Shepherd. If I did, I should believe that whatever He chose and arranged for me was the best; I could not complain of what He had planned for me, however hard it might be. I could not criticize His arrangements and want to make my own. May my trust be so absolute this Christmas that it is apparent to everyone that I possess the peace which the Babe of Bethlehem comes to bring. Come once more and direct my feet into the way of peace.
Mark Your January Calendar:
- Jan. 1 – Holy Day / Regular Sunday Schedule
- Jan. 6 – The Epiphany / Little Christmas
- Jan. 7 – Lessons & Carols, 7pm at St. John’s.
- Jan. 20 – March for Life
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – Saint Edmund Campion was the daring Jesuit priest who ultimately gave his life to bring the Sacraments to the faithful in Elizabethan England.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND – Saint Bibiana. First Friday.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD – Saint Francis Xavier left the mark of his missionary zeal on areas which clung to Christianity for centuries. He is the patron of all foreign missions. First Saturday.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Saint Barbara.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – Saint Nicholas of Bari, in addition to being the “Christmas Saint,” was the Bishop of Myra. Saint Nicholas visits IHM School this afternoon!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH – THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX confirmed the tradition that held Mary as being conceived immaculate. Four years later, when Our Lady appeared at Lourdes to Bernadette, she identified herself as The Immaculate Conception! Holy Day of Obligation; Masses at 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Solemn High Mass) & 7:30 p.m.
Join us at 1:00pm for the 2nd Annual IHM VS Seminarian Basketball Game. Admission $10 per Family – $3 per Individuals.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH – Saint Juan Diego became a convert to Christianity around age 50. It was to this humble man that the Virgin Mary appeared at Guadalupe on December 9, 1531, leaving him the image known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH – Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto in which the Annunciation occurred. Tradition says that angels carried the little house from the Holy Land, first to Tersato, Dalmatia, then Recanati, and finally to Loreto, Italy, where it still remains. For this reason Our Lady of Loreto is the patron of aviators. Join us for the Christmas Fair at MacIsaac Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. GAUDETE SUNDAY. The Church vests the priest in rose color today, symbolic of the joy of the approaching Saviour!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – Our Lady of Guadalupe, the well-known image still seen on Juan Diego’s tilma in Mexico, is loved as the Patroness of the Unborn and the Queen of the Americas.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13TH – Saint Lucy, whose name means “Light,” was a young Christian martyr who suffered many torments including the plucking out of her eyes.
Ember Days: December 14, 16 & 17.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH – Saint Lazarus. IHM School Christmas Program this evening at 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18TH – 4TH SUNDAY IN ADVENT. The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now that Christmas is so very near, you must have something to present at the Crib. Nothing would so please the Baby Christ as the soul of some stray sheep of His flock brought back to the stable by your prayers.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST – Saint Thomas, Apostle, was the “Doubting Thomas” of the Resurrection. It is interesting to note that years later, he was the apostle that baptized the Three Wise Men, whose dauntless faith had led them to the crib of Christ in Bethlehem!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24TH – CHRISTMAS EVE. Saints Adam and Eve. Don’t forget that all we do today is done in preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. Our real happiness tomorrow will be measured, not by the gifts we have given and received, but by what we have done to make our poor hearts a fit abode for the Divine Infant. First Mass of Christmas at 12:00 Midnight.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH – THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Today the Church celebrates the Saviour’s birth with unrestrained joy. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The most holy feast of Christmas is sanctified by a Midnight Mass, recalling the temporal birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The early dawn is sanctified by the Mass of the Shepherds (8:00 AM) bringing to mind the birth of Christ in our souls by grace. Then the Third Mass (11:00 AM) in the full light of day reminds us of the eternal birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity from all eternity in the Bosom of the Eternal Father. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 26TH – Saint Stephen, the first martyr to shed his blood for Christ, prayed this prayer as he was being stoned to death: “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” How beautiful that his feast should be celebrated so close to the Crib of the Infant Saviour!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH – Saint John the Evangelist, the “Beloved Disciple,” was the only Apostle that did not abandon Our Lord on Calvary; for this reason he was given the blessing to care for the Blessed Mother, after Our Lord’s Ascension.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28TH – The Holy Innocents. Murdered by a wicked monarch, these innocent lives bear witness to Christ Who was persecuted from the time of His birth by a world which would not receive Him. Let us make a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament today and ask the Holy Innocents to increase our love for the Divine Child, making it simple and childlike through our sacrifices.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29TH – Saint Thomas a Becket engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31ST – Saint Catherine Laboure. In 1830, Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine and gave her the Miraculous Medal, a very powerful sacramental, which many Catholics wear today. Help spread devotion to Our Blessed Mother by giving Miraculous Medals as gifts! Feast day of Sister Katherine Maria, MICM.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2023 – THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD. Holy Day of Obligation; Regular Sunday Mass Schedule.
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